When I first read this I thought that the likely source was J.Reid Moir's work, but a
quick glance through "The Antiquity of Man in East Anglia", CUP, 1927, failed to flush
this one out. Nor is there any mention of such an implement in the "Ipswich" section of
John Wymer's 1985 gazateer of "Palaeolithic sites of East Anglia" (Geo Books).
However, the Upper Pliocene beds, mentioned in the original post, which I suspect must be
part of the "Crag deposits", especially the Red Crag, are notorious for their "eoliths"
which are now NOT generally accepted as anything other than geofacts. Some of the bone
"tools" which he describes from the same layers are also probably simply naturally broken.
The deposits are full of genuine fossils, but virtually no artefacts.
If you want to track down the original, I would suggest reading Reid Moir's many books and
articles as a good place to start - the Ipswich museum may also be able to help, as many
of the early finds went there as well as to the British Museum.
The whole "eolith" story is an interesting excursion in the history of prehistoric
archaeology, but experiments on flint flaking under various conditions laid most of the
claims to rest in the 1930's (see Johnson, L.L. 1978 A history of flint-knapping
experimentation 1838-1976 Current Anthropology 19 337-72).
Dr Liz Somerville
Sub-Dean (Academic Affairs)
School of Biological Sciences
University of Sussex
Tel: 01273 877460
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